Hello everyone! Cindy and Brit here, the new cofounders of Paper and Coin. We have both been involved with the company at a senior level for over a year, so when we learned that Octavia would be stepping down, we decided to step up together.
We're excited to take the company mission forward and bring all kinds of new offerings and events to you during the coming year. Read our individual stories below to get to know us, because we can't wait to get to know you :)
MEET CINDY - LinkedIn Profile
I stumbled upon Paper & Coin in 2018 and instantly felt a strong connection and affinity towards the company. From the beautiful aesthetic and branding, straightforward messaging, and strong values firmly rooted in spreading Financial Literacy... I fell in love. I became an instant #fangirl and felt determined to find a way in. At the time I was seeking to step away from the corporate and very sales-focused world of "traditional" Financial Advising. It was a great introduction to the industry, but it didn't quite feel right... there was no room to lean into what I was actually passionate about: Teaching. I wanted to connect with my Millennial peers on a deeper level that would actually help them UNDERSTAND money management and find the confidence and savvy that was never taught to us in school.
Cue the next 12 months of incessantly liking, commenting, and following everything Paper & Coin. At every chance, I was whispering into Octavia's ear: "how can we work together?!". Chance (or fate?) would have it that the two of us started coincidentally running into each other at public events and random moments. It wasn't just me putting myself in front of P&C anymore, it felt like the universe agreed that I should be there too. And then it happened. I was asked to join the team and officially introduced myself to you in Spring 2020. I was ready to over-deliver to all of you who became my clients and help grow the company even bigger and better! I leaned in.
So when I heard that the company might be shut down, I knew the universe was dangling another golden nugget for me. This was meant to be. Time to seize the opportunity and put my money where my heart was. The legacy Octavia started allowed us to build the foundation for something so incredible and I couldn't stand to see that story end. So here I am to keep the story going--alongside my incredible partner Brit--and I feel overcome with optimism and feelings of boundless potential for what comes next!!
I put myself here in front of you. I wanted to be here right from the beginning. I don't take this lightly and I'm ready to give you everything I've got. I'm here for you. Let's do this! 💪
MEET BRIT - LinkedIn Profile
Hey, I'm Brit 👋 I know you were all introduced to me in late 2020 as a new team member, but I want to share how I got involved with Paper and Coin and why I care so much about the mission.
I met Octavia through a startup I worked for at the time, and we hit it off. She told me about her company and the coaching services she offered for millennials and I thought to myself, I need that. My debt was piling up, but I kept telling myself it would get better and one day I would "deal" with it. The stress and shame of the debt I was carrying became too much, and I needed someone I could trust to confide in, teach me how to handle my finances, and get me on track to paying off my debt and smashing my goals.
Fast forward 5-months into the program, and I was paying off the last chunk of my $24,000 debt and enjoying life again. Anyone who knows me would tell you I'm a go-getter, including Octavia, and I have a million business ideas I want to launch. So when Cindy approached me about being a co-founder when I learned that Octavia would be stepping down, my answer was HELL YEA! 💥
I'm a product designer by trade and love making a big impact in the products and services I work on. So what better way to drive an impact than by running a company that has personally helped me with a mission I believe in so much. I can't wait to unveil all of the things we're working on at Paper and Coin this year and I'll be asking you all for your help to shape our coaching services!
Want to chat about your ideas? DM me :)